Deep Listening …

O Great Spirit
help me always speak the truth quietly,
to listen with an open mind when other’s speak
and to remember the peace that may be found in silence.
— Cherokee Prayer from 1,001 Pearls of Spiritual Wisdom

 

I pray for deep listening in the new century
listening alone
listening together
listening to others
listening to oneself
listening to the earth
listening to the universe
listening to the abundance that is awakening to
and feeling sound and silence as all there is
helping to create an atmosphere of opening for all to be heard,
with the understanding that listening is healing.
Deep listening in all its variations is infinite.
Deep listening is love.
— Pauline Oliveros from Composer Prayers for a Thousand Years

 

There, in the silence that’s never quite silent, I realized that, if there are at least seven thousand wants to speak, there are at least seven thousand ways to listen.
— Mark Nepo from Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What Is Sacred

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